Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I Koudou will start airing in Japanese cinemas on 21 October 2017. We went to watch the preview screening, and here is a quick rundown of what we saw.
Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for the first season of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is an original work by director Goro Taniguchi, which originally started airing in October 2006. Together with the second season, Gode Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2, the series has a total of 50 episodes. Aside from additional episodes in the home release box sets, the characters and the world have spread into a variety of media. A side story titled Code Geass: Akito the Exiled was produced as an anime and finally, at the end of 2016, a new project titled Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection was announced. The project is preceded by this movie, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I Koudou, that will re-visit the story from the beginning. Even though this movie is a re-cap, there are a many new scenes included and the cast have returned to record all of their lines from scratch.
The production was done by director Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okokuchi was in charge of series composition, the original character designs were by CLAMP, and Takahiro Kimura did the anime character designs. The staff members of the anime have reunited for this 175-minutes long re-cap movie.
Lelouch vi Britannia is the 17th in line to the throne of superpower empire Britannia. However, his mother Marianne is assassinated, resulting in Lelouch and his sister Nunnally being sent to Japan as hostages. Soon after, Britannia invades Japan, and the occupied Japan is referred to only as ‘Area 11’. The main story takes place 7 years later, when the occupied area starts to rebel against Britannia, even if their general rule was rather peaceful. Lelouch was supposed to die during the invasion of Britannia, but the Ashford family protected him and he hid himself behind the name Lelouch Lamperouge. One day, Lelouch is involved in a conflict between the military and the resistance and receives magical powers from a mysterious girl called C.C. Lelouch is now able to control anybody without them being able to resist his orders and he starts to call this power ‘Geass’. With Geass in his hands, Lelouch decides to take a chance on his ambitions and goals. He decides to overthrow Britannia, to reveal the assassination of his mother, and make it possible for Nunnally to live happily, who was left blind and crippled after the attack on her mother. He hides his face behind a black mask and takes on Britannia’s army under the name of ‘Zero’. The resistance re-gathers under the name Black Knights and their influence grows steadily.
In this movie, Lelouch and the path to his decision to fight Britannia is shown in great detail. The movie is full of breathtaking scenes, some of which show Lelouch organizing the resistance as Zero and others that follow his school activities as Lelouch. Through them we see how he balances both sides. His relationship with C.C. is also carefully depicted and we can see that their relationship must be quite deep. Very important is the scene in which Lelouch is taking care of a hurt C.C. after the Battle of Narita. The portrayal of Lelouch’s childhood friend Suzaku Kururugi is also intense in this movie. You can look forward to them going their separate ways when Suzaku refuses the invitation of Zero and decides to join the army of Britannia.
There are two more movies you can look forward to. The second one, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II Handou, will come out in February 2018 and the release of the third movie, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III Oudou, will follow in May 2018. Sadly, there has been no new announcements for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection. We can only wait patiently!